Winter Storm Jonas in the Poconos: It Was a Whole Lot More than an Inch!

Alex and Zoe Snow

How are all my East Coast friend faring after winter storm Jonas? He was pretty crazy, right? While most of the coast was prepared for his arrival, here in the Poconos we were kind of taken by surprise. Originally, the forecasters told us “oh, you’ll only see an inch, maybe two!” I remember thinking “well, that’s not very exciting!” I have this weird thing for blizzards, but only when I’m prepared and only if the power stays on. Also, in my world, no one gets hurt in blizzards. So I have a thing for imaginary, magical blizzards. A day or […] Read more »

Be The Change in a Child’s Life, Become a Teacher!

Want to really be the change in a child's life? Become a teacher! Learn more about the teacher who inspired me to be who i am today, and find out how you can help be the change for children.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Teach For America for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Let’s talk about the role teachers play in our lives and in shaping who we become. This is such an important subject to me because I was so fortunate to have such amazing teachers throughout my life, from my 1st grade teacher who realized that I could be a Bear instead of a Duck with a little encouragement (reading levels, bear was the highest) to my 5th grade teacher who encouraged me to produce my first underground fanzine (back before they […] Read more »

What Would You Do With $1.3 Billion?

Be the Change

Have you guys seen the latest projections on a certain lottery game? Since there was no winner last night, Wednesday’s jackpot is expected to reach $1.3 Billion! Now, I’m not encouraging gambling. It rarely pays out and it’s a fast way to go broke. This isn’t about gambling or playing the lotto, though. This is about dreaming big and playing the “what if” game!  I know a lot of people are thinking “what would I do with $1.3 billion?” Well, I’ll tell you what I’d do with it! What Would I Do with $1.3 Billion? Let’s ignore the fact that after […] Read more »

Happy Thanksgiving from Pretty Opinionated!


In honor of Thanksgiving, I’m actually taking the day off to spend with my family. Shocking, right? I’m even going to take off part of tomorrow to go shopping! I’m writing this ahead of time, don’t worry. I want to take a few minutes to share what I’m thankful for this year. #1 This Kid (Even if he won’t let me cut his hair!)   #2 My family. I am especially grateful that my aunt is beating the crap out of brain cancer. I don’t talk about it a lot because it’s not my story to share, but good thoughts for […] Read more »

Don’t Let Turkeypocalypse Stop Your Family Fun on Thanksgiving

Saying things get messy during the holidays is an understatement. I bet it’s the same way in your house too. I think it’s like that in houses all across America on Thanksgiving. We’re all facing our own Turkeypocalypse.

It happens to all of us! That moment when we realize that every casserole and side dish, every serving spoon and gravy boat led to one disastrous moment: a complete and utter invasion of dirty dishes. Oh, and let’s not forget the other messes! Saying things get messy is an understatement. I bet it’s the same way in your house too. I think it’s like that in houses all across America on Thanksgiving. We’re all facing our own Turkeypocalypse. Read more »

Create a DAV Thank a Vet Video in Minutes for a Touching Tribute that Lasts a Lifetime #ThankAVet

Thank a Vet Daddy

Veterans Day is just around the corner on November 11th. While we should appreciate our nation's vets every day, I feel it's important to really show them how much they mean on this special day. They've more than earned it. Veterans Day is meaningful to me because I come from a huge military family. My grandfather served in the US Navy a the tail end of WWII. My grandmother's younger brother served in Korea. My aunt's husband (who to me is simply my uncle, and one of the best ever at that!) was a sailor for 20 years before retiring about a decade ago. Their three sons all served. Read more »

Don’t Let Thanksgiving Get Lost In the Holiday Shuffle

Don't let Thanksgiving get lost in the shuffle. Check out these meaningful ways the celebrate Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

Have you ever walked in the store in October and seen the holiday aisle filled with Christmas decorations? Halloween hasn’t even arrived yet but somehow stores are advertising sales on Christmas trees and decorations. Sometimes it certainly seems like time is moving that fast, but one holiday in particular that seems to be overlooked is Thanksgiving. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself forgetting to prepare for this special holiday. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to thank those who have made a positive impact in your lives over the years. It is a time to get together […] Read more »

Got 10 Minutes? Here’s 10 Ways to Boost Your Creativity! #GSNCasino

Got 10 minutes? Check out 10 fun & easy ways to boost your creativity without ever leaving your house!

This post was made possible by iConnect: Influencer Management and GSN Games. I was compensated for my time, but all opinions are 100% mine. As a single mom supporting an entire household on my own, my work is super important to me. I spent years building my business, putting in long hours on little sleep. Some days, I literally wrote for 18 hours straight just to make the rent. Now that things are going well, I don’t have to work quite so many hours, but I still put in long days during the busiest seasons (like now!). I have a hard […] Read more »